Chennai: T.R Pachamuthu, founder chancellor of SRM University and chairman of the SRM group, was arrested by the Chennai police on Friday on charges of alleged collection of capitation fee for admission in SRM medical college.
“Pachamuthu has been arrested by CCB (Central Crime Branch) sleuths,” a top police official told PTI.
Pachamuthu, whose Indiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK) is an ally of NDA at the Centre, has been booked under IPC sections including 420 (cheating), the official said.
The chancellor of the SRM University headquartered near here, was arrested in connection with more than 100 complaints from parents related to “transactions” involving payment of money running into several crores for getting admissions to medical courses in SRM institutions.
Parents had alleged they were duped after being promised medical seats in colleges run by the SRM group, and a case was filed by police.
Film producer Madhan, who purportedly acted as an agent and collected huge sums of money from parents, is the key accused in the case and has been missing since May last.
Pachamuthu had strongly denied any link whatsoever with Madhan and said all admissions were being done transparently. When Madhan mysteriously disappeared on 27 May, his family members wanted Pachamuthu to be inquired over the issue and the matter also went to Madras high court.
Police had named Madhan, perceived to be close to Pachamuthu, and his associates in the FIR (first information report) on the basis of the complaints.